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The People's Socialist Republic of Urgabah

“Struggle, Solidarity, and Socialism!”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the West Pacific

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Urgabah

Population36.035 billion

CapitalCornucopia

CurrencyUollar
AnimalMonitor Lizard

The People's Socialist Republic of Urgabah is a gargantuan, cultured nation, notable for its parental licensing program, pith helmet sales, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 36.035 billion Urgabahians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cornucopia. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Urgabahian economy, worth an astonishing 13,532 trillion Uollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. Average income is an amazing 375,532 Uollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There's no cure or sympathy for the common cold, tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, and intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Urgabah's national animal is the Monitor Lizard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Urgabah is ranked 76,398th in the world and 2,283rd in the West Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 70.29 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10thLargest Welfare Programs: 10thLargest Governments: 15thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 28thMost Beautiful Environments: 32ndMost Advanced Public Education: 47thSafest: 57thLowest Crime Rates: 68thMost Developed: 78thLongest Average Lifespans: 91stMost Pacifist: 115thMost Cultured: 142ndBest Weather: 148thSmartest Citizens: 148thHealthiest Citizens: 154thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 210thNicest Citizens: 216thMost Cheerful Citizens: 227thHighest Economic Output: 232ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 243rdHighest Poor Incomes: 295thMost Rebellious Youth: 360thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 372ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 437thMost Subsidized Industry: 474thMost Inclusive: 550thLargest Populations: 941stHighest Average Incomes: 996thMost Secular: 1,080thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,173rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,080thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,925thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,219thMost Stationary: 7,274thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,354thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,659thMost Efficient Economies: 8,915thMost Influential: 11,759thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 17,550th
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 21st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 26th in the regionMost Secular: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 43rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 45th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 83rd in the regionMost Stationary: 95th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 162nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 166th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 196th in the regionNudest: 209th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 358th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Urgabah lodged a message on the The West Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Urgabah, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works.
  • : Following new legislation in Urgabah, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • : Following new legislation in Urgabah, tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests.
  • : Urgabah was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Urgabah lodged a message on the The West Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Urgabah lodged a message on the The West Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Urgabah, there's no cure or sympathy for the common cold.
  • : Following new legislation in Urgabah, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Urgabah, angry citizens complain that there isn't enough geographical diversity on the new banknotes.

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